Workshop for educators aimed at preparing high school students for future careers in the marine industry

Educator Conference

The Educator Training Conference curriculum focuses on a range of professional development topics for educators

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has opened registration for its second annual Educator Training Conference, scheduled to be held from July 21-23 in Annapolis, Maryland.

The two-and-a-half-day conference is designed for high school and post-secondary instructors and administrators who either are teaching, or are thinking about teaching, marine service technology in their schools. The agenda includes a broad range of professional development topics, including hands-on work with training aids and marine products, shop setup, useful software and resources to teach marine service technology, and information on the state of the workforce.

“New and returning attendees will find directly applicable content, interactive learning and industry connections,” said ABYC Foundation executive director, Margaret Podlich. “Last year’s sell-out crowd, with attendees from more than 15 states, Canada and the British Virgin Islands, solidified the need for this type of programming and networking. Schools interested in a standards-based marine technology curriculum or trying to get more STEM into their shop class will learn how to do this easily, while networking and sharing ideas with other instructors.”

Attendees will also have the opportunity to join a guided boatyard tour, aimed at providing an out-of-classroom perspective of the array of businesses and career paths within the marine industry.

“We’re equipping instructors with resources that will be shared with students around the country and showcasing that our industry is the place for a great career and a great life. It doesn’t get much better than that,” said Podlich.

Early bird registration is open until March 31, 2020 on the organisation’s event website at